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Meet the labs of NCCR Robotics: Paik Lab

Meet the NCCR Robotics Paik Lab (RRL, EPFL) - headed by Professor Jamie Paik, the lab is dedicated to creating interactive robotic systems using cutting edge manufacturing techniques. The lab speciali...
15 May 2017, by

Insect-inspired mechanical resilience for multicopters

Over recent years the explosion in popularity of drones, both professionally and for amateur use, has inspired researchers to consider how to make flying robots as safe and robust as possible. Previou...
27 February 2017, by

A drone that flies (almost) like a bird

Bioinspired robots that take their designs from biology has been a big research area in recent years, but a team from NCCR Robotics, Floreano Lab have just gone one step further and designed a feat...
16 December 2016, by

A variable stiffness fiber that self-heals

A group from Floreano Lab, EPFL and NCCR Robotics has today published their novel variable stiffness fibre with self-healing capability. Soft “hardware” components are becoming more and more po...
27 October 2016, by

Flying robots, with Dario Floreano (Part two)

Last month we caught up with Dario Floreano, the head of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. Here we continue our discussion,...
15 January 2016, by and

Flying robots, with Dario Floreano (Part 1)

As head of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, Dario Floreano knows a thing or two about flying robots. In the first segment...
22 December 2015, by and


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Towards independence: A shared control BCI telepresence robot

For those with extreme mobility problems, such as paralysis following spinal cord injury or neurological disease, telepresence can greatly help to offset social isolation. However, controlling a mobil...
29 June 2015, by

A self-deploying, foldable quadrotor for rapid rescue

The use of robots to find victims after natural disasters is fast becoming commonplace, with well documented cases where robots have been sent into areas too dangerous for rescue workers.  While the ...
18 May 2015, by

Sensory-motor tissues for soft robots

In this video, PhD student at LIS, EPFL and NCCR Robotics Jun Shintake explains his project "Sensory-Motor tissues for Soft Robots"....
18 February 2015, by

Ground-flight collaboration

Working in the field of rescue robotics, the Robotics Perception Group (UZH and NCCR Robotics) works on how to get air robots communicating with ground robots, with the aim of exploiting the strength...
16 February 2015, by

Pleurobot: Multimodal locomotion in a bioinspired robot

The Pleurobot is a bioinspired robot being developed by the BioRob at EPFL and NCCR Robotics. Taking it's cues from the salamander, the Pleurobot is a walking robot that can change its gait to help it...
12 February 2015, by

Flyability wins $1M Drones for Good competition

Flyability, a spin off company from LIS, EPFL and NCCR Robotics, has won the $1M inaugural UAE Drones for Good competition with Gimball, the world’s first crash resilient drone....
10 February 2015, by

Control strategies for active lower extremity prosthetics and orthotics

Much has been made of the numerous advances in robotic prosthetics and orthotics (P/O) over recent years, and the question of how to control these devices so that they work in accordance with the inte...
04 February 2015, by

DALER: A bio-inspired robot that can both fly and walk

The issue of how to use one robot across multiple terrains is an ongoing question in robotics research. In a paper published in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics today, a team from LIS, EPFL and NCCR Ro...
21 January 2015, by

Walking assistive devices for the elderly

When thinking about robots that can be used to care for the elderly, most people imagine humanoid robots that are meant to help with cooking, cleaning and socializing. But what if robots could be u...
07 January 2015, by and

New soft ‘antagonistic’ actuator enables robots to fold

Traditionally, many key robot components (including sensors and actuators) are rigid, and this makes it difficult for researchers and industry to make them truly compliant with their surroundings. It...
03 November 2014, by

Rescue drone that finds survivors using their cellphones’ WiFi signals

Search and rescue operations are increasingly using drones, and the speed and ease with which UAVs can be launched is especially important when applying them as an emergency response tool. Jonathan C...
25 July 2014, by

Exoskeleton with haptic sensors helps paralysed man to kick off World Cup

VIDEO UPDATE 06/13 It’s June 2014 and all eyes are on Brazil. If you’re a football fan then June 12th is the day you’ve been waiting for, but eagle-eyed technophiles are likely to have noticed o...
12 June 2014, by

Fast robot arm catches flying objects | Automaton

At the Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory at EPFL, they're leveraging fast vision, fast computers, fast controllers, fast motors, programming by demonstration, and object modeling to be able ...
15 May 2014, by

Robot Holiday Video 2013: LASA, EPFL

From the LASA Lab at EPFL: The LASA robots secretly team up with Santa to organize the Christmas gifts! Happy Holidays from the Learning Algorithms and Systems Lab!...
20 December 2013, by

ShanghAI Lectures: Auke Ijspeert “Controlling the Locomotion of Robots Using Central Pattern Generator Models”

Animal locomotion control is in a large part based on central pattern generators (CPGs), which are neural networks capable of producing complex rhythmic patterns while being activated and modulated by...
01 November 2013, by

Insect-inspired flying robot handles collisions, goes where other robots can’t

Gimball is a flying robot that survives collisions. It weighs just 370g for 34cm in diameter. Photo credit: A. Herzog, EPFL. Generally, flying robots are programmed to avoid obstacles, which is far ...
30 October 2013, by

Multi-purpose wings allow flying robot to walk across rough terrain

The Deployable Air Land Exploration Robot (DALER) uses its own wings to crawl and roll over a variety of terrains. Using a self-adjusting structure to transform its wings into rotating arms, the robo...
26 July 2013, by and

Plug-and-play artificial compound eye for robotic applications

Flies have small brains that would not be able to process high-resolution images such as those that we see with our own eyes. Instead, they've perfected the use of compound eyes, composed of a dense m...
20 May 2013, by

Gecko adhesives allow flying robot to perch on walls

The Airburr, a light-weight flying robot from the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (my PhD lab) at EPFL, was designed to fly in cluttered environments. Unlike most flying robot, which avoid contact a...
15 May 2013, by

ShanghAI Lectures 2012: Lecture 10 “How the body shapes the way we think”

This concludes the ShanghAI Lecture series of 2012. After a wrap-up of the class, we announce the winners of the EmbedIT and NAO competitions and end with an outlook of the future of the ShanghAI Lect...
06 May 2013, by

Quadruped robot ‘cheetah’ learns to walk using animal gait patterns | IEEE Spectrum

  This work shows that it's possible to derive gait primitives from motion-capture of an actual animal and adapt them to a robot.   Read more: IEEE Spectrum...
29 April 2013, by

EPFL’s Festival Robotique draws a record 17,000 visitors

The 6th Annual Festival Robotique in Lausanne, Switzerland drew a record number of visitors this past Saturday, making it one of the largest public science events in the country....
24 April 2013, by

ShanghAI Lectures 2012: Lecture 8 “Where is human memory?”

In this 8th part of the ShanghAI Lecture series, Rolf Pfeifer looks into differences between human and computer memory and shows several types of “memories”. In the first guest lecture, Vera Zabot...
16 April 2013, by

ShanghAI Lectures 2012: Lecture 6 “Evolution: Cognition from scratch”

In this sixth part of the ShanghAI Lecture series, Rolf Pfeifer introduces the topic “Artificial Evolution” and gives examples of evolutionary processes in artificial intelligence. The first guest...
30 March 2013, by







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